Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 4, 2013

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A new report finds 90 percent of Americans don't know they can start signing up for insurance through health exchanges in October. Japan is fed up with deflation and a sluggish economy, and its central bank is getting aggressive. Today, the Bank of Japan launched a sweeping bond-buying program to pump money into the economy. And a check in on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark public schools.
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When can you join a health insurance exchange? Few know.

A new study says only a fraction of people know they can sign up in October for the insurance exchanges that are key to President Obama's health care overhaul.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, health exchange, health insurance
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Corn prices plummet, will the price of Cheerios?

Corn prices are tanking amid stuffed silos and plans for the country’s biggest planting in decades.
Posted In: corn, Agriculture, food and drink
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PODCAST: Japan's bond buy, Newark school ties

Japan central bank hopes a bold bond buy will solve an old problem. The high costs of Dementia are rising. And what is Mark Zuckerberg's donation to Newark public schools doing?
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Quarterly job cuts highest since 2011

Global outplacement firm Challenger, Grey & Christmas reported that employers cut 49,000 jobs in March, down 11 percent from February. Despite the month to month decline, job cuts for the first quarter were their highest since 2011.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, layoffs
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Dementia is highest cost disease and rising

A report in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine says the U.S. spends more on treating dementia than any other disease including cancer and heart disease.
Posted In: Health, health care, dementia
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Japan central bank hopes a bold bond buy will solve an old problem

Japan is fed up with deflation and a sluggish economy, and its central bank is getting aggressive. Today, the Bank of Japan launched a sweeping bond-buying program to pump money into the economy.
Posted In: Japan, bonds, Shinzo Abe
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Jamaican power company reacts to electricity theft

Power costs in Jamaica are among the highest in the Caribbean. Many poor people have devised ways to get their supply free and illegally. Now the utility company is cracking down on this theft.
Posted In: Jamaica, electricity, power grid
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NIH director welcomes BRAIN initiative

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins says government funding is the best way to support large scientific enterprises and fundamental health advances.
Posted In: brain, research, Science, Health, Obama
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As the cellphone turns 40, the story behind the famous first call

40 years ago the cellphone was invented by Martin Cooper at Motorola, much to the dismay of a competing team at AT&T's Bell Labs.
Posted In: Cellphones, Tech, inventions
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Would you like some salt with your batteries?

A promising new technology aims to store electricity for the power grid on the cheap.
Posted In: energy, batteries, power grid, electricity
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Mark Zuckerberg's money lays path for change in Newark schools

Most of the $100 million donation has been spent on brokering a new teachers contract that creates performance-based pay and opening new schools.
Posted In: Education, new jersey, Mark Zuckerberg

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Her Space Holiday
Take Your Chances
The Black Seeds
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Funki Porcini
Sister curare
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Why Did We Fire the Gun?
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